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Today: Friday 18th December

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Heavy snow across eastern and southern England has caused severe disruption for motorists and air travellers. And there are signs that the climate change summit in Copenhagen is edging closer to a deal.


Travellers are facing severe transport disruption after heavy snow fell across much of the UK. Correspondent Ed Barron reports on the latest weather situation around the country.


A climate change deal is expected to be reached within the next 24 hours. World leaders meeting in Copenhagen have been locked in intense negotiations to reach an agreement. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on a frantic day - and night - of negotiations.


A report into the case of a 24-year-old woman who was murdered by her former partner has accused police of a "total failure" in the run up to the death. The Independent Police Complaints Commission found that 11 violent incidents leading up to her death were each handled "in isolation" by Greater Manchester Police. Katie Summers was stabbed to death in October last year by Brian Taylor, who was subsequently convicted of her murder. Chief Constable Brian Moore of Wiltshire Police, and national lead on domestic violence for the Association of Chief Police Officers, discusses the investigation.

The business news with Adam Shaw.


Will we have a white Christmas? A large arrival of swans at the Wetlands Centre at Slimbridge in Gloucestershire is being seen as an omen. Julia Newth, a researcher at the centre, predicts the chances of snow on the big day.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.


The Bank of England (BoE) is to publish its latest biannual assessment on the current state of the financial system, taking a hard stance against banks. The Financial Stability Report found that the financial system has become significantly more stable over the past six months, but implies that banks are more profitable due to the BoE's efforts rather than those of individual banks. Jim O'Neill, chief economist at Goldman Sachs, and Martin Weale, director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, discuss the BoE's comments.

The paper review.


Parts of the UK have been severely affected by heavy snowfall. 30 schools will be closed in Berkshire, and Essex Police have been dealing with more than 20 road crashes overnight. Reporter Amanda Harper and Malcolm Wilkinson from the Highways Agency outline the transport disruptions.

Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.


A former soldier is to hear whether he will be jailed for possession of a sawn-off shot gun. Paul Clarke was arrested in March after voluntarily handing in the weapon which he claimed to have found in his garden. Mr Clarke already holds a conviction for possession and could be jailed for a minimum of five years. Reporter Andrew Hosken spoke to Mr Clarke and Clive Coleman, BBC legal affairs analyst, outlines the case.


World leaders meeting at the climate change summit in Copenhagen are edging closer to a deal. In the last day of negotiations, China signalled concessions on the monitoring of emissions, and the US said it would commit money for developing countries. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin outlines the penultimate day of talks, and Lord Stern, the African Union's adviser at the summit, discusses the chances of a positive outcome for developing nations.


One of the great voices of British radio has begun his final programme. Terry Wogan, who has presented Radio 2's Breakfast Show on and off since 1972, is handing his slot to the mercurial Chris Evans. Mr Evans discusses his expectations for his new role.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.


Should the death penalty be re-introduced? It is 40 years ago today that capital punishment was abolished in the UK, and has not been voted on since 1998 with the adoption of the 6th protocol of the European Commission of Human Rights. Bobby Duffy, managing director of the social research institute at Ipsos-Mori assesses public opinion on capital punishment. Conservative MP for Shipley, Philip Davies, and former Home Secretary Charles Clarke, debate whether capital punishment should return to the political agenda.


A man has been jailed for life for the honour killing of his teenage daughter. 15-year-old Tulay Goren who came from the Kurdish region of Turkey, was killed in January 1999 after her father found out about her relationship with a man from a different branch of Islam. Correspondent Jonathan Head reports on the importance of the honour system to ethnic Kurds living in Istanbul.


The government's former chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, has alleged that the hacking of climate change emails was a tactical move by powerful "agencies" to disrupt the Copenhagen summit. Emails between scientists at the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit suggested that some scientists were exaggerating data to steer conclusions about global warming in one direction. Sir David made the comments on BBC's Newsnight. Cliff Saran, technology editor of Computer Weekly, analyses the allegations.

The business news with Adam Shaw.


The history of Parliament from 1820 to 1832 is being published by the History of Parliament Trust. The seven volumes will encompass four Parliaments and general elections, including the time of the the radical Joseph Hulme, who warned about expenditure running out of control. Dr Philip Salmond, editor of the 1832 -1868 History of Parliament, and Miles Taylor, director of the Institute of Historical Research, discuss whether there are any parallels between the current economy to that of the 1800s.


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